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Pharmacy Technician

Our Pharmacy Technician Program can prepare you for a rewarding career assisting pharmacists in hospitals, clinics, long-term care and community pharmacies.

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Our next program info session for Pharmacy Technician is December 13 at 3 p.m. in Building 21, Room 226 . Come meet the instructors, see the classrooms, and learn how you can get started!

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How Much It Costs

For program costs, visit the Tuition and Fees page.

Costs are estimated and are not guarantees.

You can learn more about financial aid and scholarships right here. Or view our full tuition & fees breakdown.

How Long It Takes

Pharmacy Technician Degree: 3-5 quarters

Pharmacy Technician Certificate: 3-4 quarters

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.

Potential Careers

Pharmacy Technician

The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians in Washington is

$40,100 per year.

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Pharmacy Assistant

The median annual wage for pharmacy assistants in Washington is

$28,300 per year.

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Career Pathway

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

What You'll Learn

You'll learn how to process prescriptions, prepare intravenous drugs, order and stock medications, prepare billing, and operate and troubleshoot automated drug-dispensing systems.

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Degrees & Certificates

We offer both an AAT degree and a certificate in this program.

Pharmacy Technician Degree

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Meet the Instructors

Trisha Autry, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
Trisha Autry
Trisha graduated from an ASHP accredited program in 1995 and has worked as a pharmacy technician in a hospital, a retail setting and a nursing home. She's been an instructor in CPTC's Pharmacy Technician Program since 2000.
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Maureen Sparks, an instructor at Clover Park Technical College near Tacoma
Maureen Sparks
After working as a grade-school classroom assistant, Maureen attended CPTC's Pharmacy Technician program from 1992-93. She has worked at St. Francis Hospital, St. Peter's Hospital, and now works as an on-call technician at St. Clare Hospital. She started teaching at CPTC in 1996 as a part-time clinical instructor.
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